Most people know Calla Lilies. They’ve long been known as an iconic flower of Easter – their white blooms have been cultivated for the holiday since the early 20th century… so much so that many call them “Easter Lilies.” Over the years, though, they’ve frequently turned up at weddings and other big events year ’round. And you’ve probablyalso know – they aren’t always white! (In fact, they aren’t truly even members of the lily family… but let’s not get caught up in all that!)
Their stalks, which can grow up to 36 inches long, are actually somewhat sculptable. Floral designers have gotten creative with the flexibility, creating some incredibly sculptural arrangements.
Today we took a simple, sophisticated approach, creating a beautiful arrangement with an angular base that pleases the eye from stem to bloom.
I’m always kind of fascinated by the backstory of flowers… from where they grew and how they get to the store. So often we’re used to seeing the final product… so rarely do we get the stages in between!
So seeing flowers arrive in a box is just one chapter in the life of these flowers… but this is where we begin…
The lilies came in a long box, and were about 28 inches long, wrapped in plastic, and stacked. That was it! We each had about a dozen to work with.
Given their flexibility, we took each one and carefully worked with the stems so that each was as straight as possible.
After they were straightened, (see left) we took six stems, and laid them on the table, tightly next to one another.
(Think of them as fingers.)
The center stem was laid with the “face” of the lily against the table, (think of the long slender tip of the bloom as the chin. The stems on each side were laid so they ‘face’ was turned away from the center.
The result was a tight stack of lilies, with the blooms all facing out. (I’d love to show you a photo but my hands were full! We grabbed a clear elastic band to keep the together, and made things easier by chopping a good portion of the long stalks off.
Once they were cut to a reasonable length, we twisted the bouquet until the stems began to take on an angle when set into the vase. (The vase was about seven inches high) The clear band remained around the bouquet, but was positioned so that the water line obscures it.
We kept checking the angles, and ensuring that the tops of the blooms were level. This took some careful trimming on the bottom of the stems, cutting them flat on the bottom while the stems were still at an angle. After some adjusting, then some more adjusting (this is actually harder than it looks!) We finished the bouquet.
Simple, classic, it’s really all about the flowers. Both alone, and in pairs!